Ridgewood man arrested as alleged co-leader of illegal prescription pill ring

A 45-year-old Ridgewood man and six others were arrested for their participation in a multi-million prescription forgery ring, law enforcement agents announced this week.

According to the New York division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, 45-year-old Ridgewood man Joseph Bivona and 53-year-old Steven Keller of Valley Stream, are accused of employing drug runners to fill forged prescriptions of oxycodone at pharmacies throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

During the course of the scheme, authorities said, runners were directed to fill over 930 prescriptions for oxycodone. Ultimately it resulted in over 160,000 pills on the street with a street value of nearly $3 million.

“It is alleged that Bivona and Keller schemed to profit off of other people’s addictions by pushing diverted oxycodone onto New York City’s black market since 2011,” DEA Special Agent-in-Charge James Hunt said. “Evident by today’s arrests, law enforcement is committed to identifying prescription drug rings whose crimes contribute to opioid misuse within our communities.”

The DEA further alleged that Bivona and Keller employed family members to fill prescriptions, using the name of an Astoria doctor.

A list of the charges is below:

Police bust four in Ridgewood prostitution sting

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In an effort to combat continuing problems of prostitution that are plaguing the lower Ridgewood area near the Bushwick border, police conducted an Operation Losing Propisition Probe on Friday.

The operation was conducted near the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Starr Street, a longtime area of concern.

According to Det. Bell, police arrested four individuals: Henryk Samociuk, of Brooklyn; Tad Zyskowski of Ridgewood; Ming Ye of Elmhurst and Joe Cardenas of Bayshore, New York.

The four individuals arrested were all charged with patronizing a prostitute.

Armed man represented himself as cop, complaint says

 

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Photo of contraband courtesy NYPD 104th on Twitter.

A Bushwick man faces weapons charges after he was pulled over while using lights that made him seem like a police officer on April 2. During a the motor vehicle stop in Ridgewood, police recovered an imitation pistol, a gravity knife, metal baton, metal knuckles, handcuffs, hollow point bullets and a stun gun.

According to the complaint, 56-year-old Anthony White was observed failing to signal before making a left hand turn, while driving a gray, 2002 Mercury Mountaineer with active and authorized flashing lights.

When the officer from the NYPD 104th Precinct Approached the vehicle, he observed that White has a police scanner in plain view in the center console of the vehicle.

White was unable to produce a valid driver’s license at the scene and a subsequent search yielded an imitation pistol, which resembled a black 9MM semi-automatic pistol without a stopper affixed to the side of his pants in a holster. Further search yielded the gravity knife, metal baton, metal knuckles, handcuffs, two magazines containing 10 hollow point bullets and a stun gun.

He was placed under arrest at the scene and arraigned on April 3. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court on June 22.

White faces charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, possession of an imitation pistol, unauthorized possession of pistol and/or a revolver/ammunition, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, equipping autos with radio receiving sets without a permit, unauthorized possession of handcuffs, unauthorized lights and driving by an unlicensed driver.

Police bust man they say might be responsible for car break-ins

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Police have arrested one of the individuals wanted in conjunction with car break-ins in Ridgewood and Maspeth.

According to NYPD 104th Executive Officer Captain Gregory Mackie, police received a call of a drunk and disorderly person near the intersection of Palmetto Street and Cypress Avenue on Monday night. When they arrived, they recognized the suspect as a man they had just printed a wanted flier out for, and hung in the station. They immediately attempted to place him under arrest.

“He fought us for a while, resisted, but we did get him into custody,” Mackie said.

Police are advising residents to lock their vehicle doors and not to leave items of value inside their vehicles. Many of the incidents are crimes of opportunity – if a criminal sees something of value in the car. There have been an increasing number of incidents in upper Maspeth and the portion of Ridgewood that borders Bushwick.

Ridgewood man admits to animal cruelty

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, meets a healthy and well-nourished Brewster. Also in the photo is Dawn Karam, the co-founder and president of Adopt A Boxer Rescue, a nonprofit charitable organization.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, meets a healthy and well-nourished Brewster. Also in the photo is Dawn Karam, the co-founder and president of Adopt A Boxer Rescue, a nonprofit charitable organization.

Anthony Estevez, 26, of Ridgewood pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty yesterday, according to Queens Country District Attorney Richard Brown. Estevez was arrested after an investigation revealed he allegedly lied about finding a starving dog – named Brewster – when he was actually the animal’s owner.

“A dog may be man’s best friend but in this case the defendant proved to be Brewster’s worst enemy,” Brown said. “When the defendant brought Brewster to the shelter, the animal was emaciated, severely malnourished and did not have the energy to walk.”

According to Brown, Brewster has since recovered and Estevez – now a convicted felon – is prohibited from owning another animal and must register with the New York City Department of Health and an animal abuser.

Esteves, reportedly told shelter workers at Animal Care and Control in Rego Park, that he found the dog laying in the park, but it was eventually determined that he was lying, after police received an inquiry about the dog from the New York Daily News. After the newspaper reached out, police opened an investigation.

When the dog was brought in, it weighted 25 pounds and it appeared emaciated and skeletal, Brown said. Based on it’s bone structure and height, the dog should have weighted approximately 60-65 pounds, according to the District Attorney’s office. Furthermore, according to ACC records, the dog did not have enough energy to walk and after the dog left there were blood stains in the kennel.